Gaskell's Compendium of Forms -- Social, Educational, Legal and Commercial. Penmanship, Correspondence, Etiquette, Poetry. -- "George A. Gaskell (1844-1885) was one of the most famous calligraphers in America. Gaskell's Complete Compendium of Elegant Writing (1873) was a bestseller, with over 250,000 copies sold in ten years. It inspired a whole generation of penmanship students, many of whom became prominent calligraphers later on (Louis Madarasz, for example). Gaskell was also the author of The Penman's Hand-Book (1883), another excellent calligraphy manual, and he was the editor of what was almost certainly the first monthly journal dedicated to calligraphy and penmanship. [Note: However, Gaskell was perhaps most famous as the author/compiler of a book called Gaskell's Compendium of Forms, Educational, Social, Legal and Commercial -- a massive tome on etiquette, etc., that no self-respecting Victorian gentleman or lady could do without reading.]"